Designer David Meister was honored Friday night at a $125-a-plate charity gala organized by Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County at the Bel-Air Bay Club.
Dubbed "Designs for theCure," in addition to recognizing Meister for his contributions to the cause of breast cancer awareness (he's a founding member of the local Pink Tie Guys), a Komen-affiliated group of men), the event included a silent auction, a sit-down dinner and a presentation of work by students in the fashion design program at Otis College of Art and Design.
That work -- in the form of design sketches -- also had a connection to Meister who is working with 15 of the students as part of Otis' design mentorship program, and their goal for this project was to create
a seasonless pink dress. A handful of those designs were on display -- propped on easels, pinned to mood boards, some with diaphanous fabric swatches attached.
Although it was slightly disappointing not to see fully realized garments at the Oct. 28 gala, we're told plans are to have the best looks from the pink dress project made in time to hit the runway at Otis College's annual scholarship benefit and fashion show on May 5, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton.
Among the celebrities turning out at the event were Sara Ramirez of "Grey's Anatomy's" Sara Rue of “Rules of Engagement,” Emmanuelle Chriqui from "Entourage" and guitarist Saul Hudson -- better known as Slash -- and wife Perla Hudson.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: At top, celebrity attendees at the Oct. 28 Designs for the Cure gala included, from left, honoree David Meister with Sara Rue (Credit: Neftalie Williams), Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Perla Hudson with husband Slash (Credit: Mike Brown). At bottom, a pink dress design by Otis student Victoria Taylor was among those on display at the event. Credit: Victoria Taylor, courtesy of Otis